I don’t expect my partner to be a mind-reader. That unrealistic requirement wouldn't be fair to him or our relationship, so I don't get upset if he doesn't automatically know what I want or need. Instead, I just tell him what’s on my mind, whether he wants to know or not. That said, there are times when I expect my husband to get me, and pregnancy was full of those moments. In my experience, there are definitely things every pregnant woman needs her partner to automatically understand. No wondering, no questioning, and no guessing. You should just, well, know.
Now, I am not saying I expect perfection from my partner. It's OK for him to make mistakes. But pregnancy is hard — on your body, your mind, your emotional state, and undeniably hard on your relationship with your partner. So, during the nine (more or less) months of growing an alien parasite inside your body, it's super helpful for your partner to understand a few things, without having to be told. For instance, there will be times when you don't want sex, and times when you need sex, like right now, and it might not have anything to do with your partner.
Plus, it would be great if partners recognized that morning sickness is not like a bad hangover, pregnancy is exhausting, and pregnancy hormones are not just a bad joke. A little empathy and understanding goes a long way. So, if you have a pregnant partner, or will in the future, you might want to read the following so you can better anticipate their needs like a pro: